Two people arrested for false COVID-19 tests

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LIHU’E – Two people traveling from Los Angeles to Kaua’i were arrested at Lihu’e Airport on Tuesday for falsifying negative COVID-19 tests, according to a press release from the Kaua’i Police Department.

Lazar Hayward Jr. and Raven Randle of California were arrested for tampering without oath after uploading fake test results to the Hawai’i Safe Travels portal, the online platform where visitors to Hawai’i download tests COVID-19 or vaccination documents before entering the state, in an apparent attempt to avoid quarantine requirements on arrival.

Hayward and Randle were driven back to Lihu’e Airport after the reservation, where they took a direct flight to Los Angeles. No judicial date has been set. KPD said the couple paid for the flight themselves.

The arrests were made after Safe Travels staff reported the Hayward and Randle documents and notified the State Department of the Attorney General’s Investigations Division, who then alerted the KPD. These were the first arrests made in Kaua’i for forgery of COVID-19 documents.

Further arrests have taken place statewide after visitors forged documents, including in the case of an Illinois woman who was arrested at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu for using a fake vaccination card on which “Moderna” was misspelled as “Maderna.” “She was returned to the mainland and an arrest warrant has since been issued against her arrest after she failed to appear for an online court hearing.

Falsifying a vaccination record can result in a fine of up to $ 5,000, up to one year in prison, or both.

Kaua’i stepped up enforcement of COVID-19 rules last month. In early September, Mayor Derek Kawakami issued an emergency rule allowing certain Kaua’i County authorities other than police officers to impose fines of $ 250 on individuals and $ 500 on businesses for violating security requirements. indoor masks or the size limits of gatherings.

According to KPD Lt. Darren Rose, two fines of $ 250 have been imposed since the rule was enacted.

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Kaleb lay, rapporteur for general mission, can be contacted at 647-0329 or [email protected]

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